Speaking to the Des Moines Register, Sen. Rand Paul continued to clarify his position on the use of drones, after supporters questioned his comments during an interview on FOX Business.
Paul’s critics were surprised by the senator's assertion during the interview that, “if someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and a $50 in cash, I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.”
“This is something that is completely manufactured and created by some left-wing blog,” Paul said in response to the controversy. “My statement on drones on Neil Cavuto two days ago was exactly the same thing I said during the 13-hour filibuster.”
Paul encouraged critics to visit his website to look at video clips of his past statements domestic drone use.
His drone filibuster, Paul claimed, was solely about government-led “assassinations,” not fighting armed and dangerous criminals.
“I never ever said deadly force can’t be used to repel deadly force, and I’ve had extensive conversations about that,” Paul told the Register. “So those who’ve spread this around have not really looked through the issue significantly in order to know that my position is exactly the same. There’s no change.”